Which dongle/dock for Macbook Pro 2018 to use iPad Pro and iMac as external screens?

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  1. rednev, Oct 23, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2018

    rednev macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2014

    I am asking for a friend who has recently purchased a 2018 Macbook Pro. He is confused as to the best / cost effective method when it comes to getting the correct dongles/adapters/dock.

    They want to be able to connect their new Macbook Pro to either their iPad Pro or iMac as secondary screens (they wont all be connected at the same time, the laptop will only be connected to one secondary screen at a time).

    - Use their iPad Pro as a slave screen (iPad Pro has a Lightning connector)


    - Use their old iMac 21” (late 2013 with a thunderbolt 2) as an external display

    They would also like to have some USB-A type ports to connect older peripherals.

    Apple's adapters are so expensive, so was wondering if there were any third party solutions?

    Can anyone help?

  2. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
  3. rednev thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2014
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
  5. rednev thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2014
    Hi, yeah I know the official cable would be the ideal solution, but if its possible to find a cable/dock that can do whats needed without paying Apple's brand premium that would be better :)
  6. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    So your friend has a 2018 MacBook Pro, an iMac, and an iPad Pro, but has trouble spending $19 for an Apple cable?
  7. rednev thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2014
    £26 here in the UK, if a £8 cable does the same job, why not go for it?

    £50 for official thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter

    £20 per USB-C to USB-A adapter X 2

    So that's over £116 just to connect to devices, why would anyone begrudge someone saving some cash on these things?

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